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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

September 11, 2010

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006)
Directors: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno

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Synopsis: Real Madrid v Villareal 2005, filmed entirely from the perspective of Zinedine Zidane.

Review: Technically impressive, but only fitfully dramatic, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait perhaps garners most relevance to those with a knowledge and passion for football. What really resonates from the cameras’ insistent gaze on Zidane is just how free-flowing and unstructured the game of football actually is. Zidane spends most of the game skulking on the fringes of the action but it doesn’t take a football expert to see that Zidane’s interventions are especially incisive and laced with quality, particularly in a sudden burst of pace and skill when from nothing he creates the equalising goal for Ronaldo. Some of the film’s other elements (drawing links between other world events that happened that day) are hazy and pretentious, but the prescience of picking a match where Zidane gets inexplicably sent off seems extremely fortuitous given Zidane’s later famous dismissal in the 2006 World Cup Final. (July 2010)

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